William Darrell

Swimming in Ophidium

Sense, 46 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 4AF


An encounter with artworks by William Darrell at Sense charity shop. As part of an ongoing twinning relationship between multi-arts Edinburgh-based festival LeithLate and Deptford X, LeithLate alumnus William Darrell will be presenting his work as part of the Deptford X Fringe this year.

The charity shop is a wilderness. You are an explorer venturing into an unpredictable territory. A tomb of forgotten treasures at alluring prices. However, its not a lighthearted endeavour. Processing this plethora of information is the quagmire of the bargain hunter.

Ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes, is a compulsive reaction to snake like motions. The sensitivity is such that it pierces through the visually complex clutter of the jungle (or charity shop) in order to alert us to possible danger. This is rooted deep in our psyche, a product of our evolution. Contrary to this, these same undulating motions also possess a soothing effect, entrancing and seductive like a belly dancer.

I have been working with these motions in order to find a neutral buoyancy between this repulsion and attraction so that both can co-exist in a bittersweet hypnotic experience.

Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Many thanks to Sense Deptford for their kindness and cooperation in the use of their store. Sense UK is a charity supporting people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs.

Swimming in Ophidium supported by LeithLate and Deptford X. 

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Image courtesy of the artist.